Louisiana GOPer wants to ban the rainbow flag from public property

A city-parish councilman is drafting a proposal to ban certain flags after complaints from a local veteran

Published July 8, 2013 4:06PM (EDT)

A Republican city-parish councilman is drafting a proposal that would ban the rainbow flag and others from public buildings, after a local veteran complained about the recent display of a gay pride flag on government property.

City-Parish Councilman Andy Naquin says that he was contacted by Korean War veteran Ray Green, who objected to the flag. “I had to agree with him,” Naquin told the Lafayette Daily Advertiser. “Government flag poles really should be meant to fly only government flags.”

“I did not go overseas and fight for our country so that we could come back and be subject to something like that,” Green said. “Several of us (veterans) feel that the flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life.”

From the Advertiser:

Naquin said he is working with City-Parish Attorney Mike Hebert on drafting an ordinance, but has not yet discussed the matter with other councilmen. He expects the ordinance would allow only the flying of American, Louisiana and Acadian/LCG flags, and possibly Mardi Gras flags, on LCG property.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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